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all of the work that are more than 100 scholars do here. those for priorities are energy and climate, opportunity and well being, managing global change, and growth through innovation. this is i think exactly the right moment to be having today's event. we are in a period of transition in our national leadership here in the capital, of course. we have a new treasury secretary, chief of staff coming in. we'll be having a new commerce secretary, labor secretary, and, of course, the 113th congress is settling in on capitol hill. the forum is going to address the issues of how to reinvigorate our economy, how to strengthen competitiveness, and how to create jobs. we're going to have three panels. the first on advancing industry and manufacturing. the second on deficit reform, and the third on improving government performance. the participants here today include brookings scholars, outside experts, and private sector representatives and leaders. our discussions will reflect a lot of the research that goes on here at brookings, and you will be able to find a number of examples of that rese
of the denying quorum and in the case of speaking as long as you cou could, you had to spend time and energy, you had to organize and it was visible before this body. it was visible before the reporters gathered in the balcony. therefore, the american people, long before there was a television camera here, could see what you were doing and the public could provide feedback on that. but now we come to the modern era. from 1970 forward. in which it became popular to start using the objection as an instrument of party warfare, the objection to a final vote. you know, if we turn back before 1970, you had an overlap of the parties of perhaps 30 members. and so if one had used his objection, they'd have a good sense that you would be able to get cloture. furthermore, there was a social contract that you only interrupted the workings of this body on an issue of deep principle. you only blockaded the operations of the senate on an issue of profound concern to your state. not as a routine instrument of party politics. but that's changed over the last 45 years, since 1970 forward, the last 43 years, in whi
in job growth and energy independence. it is within our reach to balance our budget and meet the needs of our people. our place, kansas, will show the path, the difficult path, for america to go in these troubled times. like kansas newspaper publisher william allen white once said, there is just one way to stop progress in america, and that is to hire some hungry earthquake to come along and gobble up kansas. we have been placed here for a reason and our season is short. our needs are great. let us build a better state and let's do it now. thank you, may god bless you and may god continue to bless the great state of kansas. have a great year. [applause] thank you, thank you. >> coming up live on a companion network c-span, today attorney general eric holder will be speaking about reducing gun violence in remarks before the u.s. conference of mayors. he we joined by transportation security administration on pistol. that gets underway on 11:30 a.m. also this afternoon a discussion on immigration, trade and safety along the u.s.-mexico border. >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear
, creativity is being expended, chances are being taken, people are focusing enormous energy and attention on what you admitted in your own testimony is a terrible problem. i'm wondering how these experiments will be evaluated, with the learning will be shared, how the public will be informed of whether or not all these excellent input actually yield results and how soon, so i'm wondering what the plan is for disseminating the best practices if any of these things turn out to be if not the magic bullet, then a part of the arsenal that becomes the way that we combat sexual violence in the military, pardon the mother terrie delusion. >> thank you for the question. one of the lines of inference is one that you're commenting on and focusing on, the linus effort of assessment. so there are some things in place here that allow us to -- we recognize we have to continue to look at ourselves. and one that i've actually been sharing with my colleagues in the services and so forth is that we have to assess our programs with an eye towards taking the best practices and making them the common practices
they will not be the drag on the economy that they have been the last few years. energy, the energy industry in the u.s. is much stronger. consumers are more optimistic coming university of michigan publishes the index of consumer sentiment which is one of the very best guides to how consumers are feeling. and as long as the fiscal policy thing isn't getting too messed up, the consumers seem to be a little bit more upbeat. so there are some positives, but i want to be clear that while we've made some progress, there's still quite a ways to go before we will be satisfied. >> well, let me shift gears a little bit. certainly as you well know, there are some very vocal critics of fed policy. and i wonder what you might say to those who argue that, for example, the policy that is maintain interest rates at such low levels has asked the taken some of the pressure off of congress to try to address these fiscal challenges, and that the massive asset purchases has created extremely high risk, perhaps underappreciated risks for future inflation. >> well, the critics on both sides, you know, you should give the
companies, and it is producing more than ever in energy from other sources, both domestically and from other places, and i think that's great. i think that we import around a million dollars a day from venezuela. this is me speaking. i'm not being paid by anybody but i sure would love to see a million barrels of oil coming down the pipeline from alberta to houston. within that the need? is that a coincidence? i think that would be terrific. so, i remember threats by the governor of venezuela not a single drop of oil will go to the united states. great. i think what we need to do is remove that leverage over our economy and we have done it and we should continue to do so. >> it's my understanding, this is a question of fact that it's my understanding the only country that is playing is really the united states and basically they are getting a discounted rate so on terms of the more favorable to respect people on the audience know more about this. >> i don't know who is paying what for what. >> venezuela is subsidizing cuba and the cuban economy at the rate of $4 billion a year out of 60 billi
legislation post-columbine did not pass. so the notion that everybody should rely on quote-unquote the energy and force of newtown i would caution not to do that. it's clearly galvanized the country to have an honest conversation and look internally and have a serious conversation, but brady bill and the assault weapon ban were done without, quote-unquote, a columbine or what happened in virginia, any of those incidents. i do believe just in the last four years or i would say the last eight years of politics this, what happened there has made all of us have a discussion that has been sitting on the sidelines or the periphery of politics to be focused and this, obviously, tomorrow morning the president's going to introduce his legislation or his package and decide what legislatively he's going to do, what he's going to do by executive order. but we are at a tipping point to have a discussion that's been postponed, delayed or for whatever reason hasn't happened. but my small kind of flashing yellow light of caution is when you think of the last time we had success which goes back to '93 and '94
a group of people to come to washington and the amount of energy that goes on dhaka to teams beating each other up instead of solving a problem that no matter how much we might disagree on the role and the way to solve it, we know it has to be solved it just seems completely unacceptable so there's sort of those moments where you need the no budget gimmicks if nothing else just to focus attention on we have to work on this until we get it done. estimate i kind of like this idea, lower the base pay and get a bonus that depends upon the performance. that's kind of attractive. yes? >> i write the mitchell report and i want to follow on that with another thought. ross captured when he said a good country, bad management, that governments. it seems to me that if there is any lesson that we get from this panel and other discussions there is a way to fix the balance sheet. it isn't clear that there isn't a way to fix government. in the first panel, the mayor talked about moving it at the speed of business. so there's a question for mr. macdonald. in an earlier life i competed directly against yo
. there is access to energy in central asia. afghanistan needs power. and if we create an interdependency between these countries, especially the countries that are now not on friendly terms with each other, we will enhance the chances of stability a lot more. so there is included, also, as a more expensive project could be pipeline and others, but at least national-grade railroads. fortunately now pakistan is extending its railroad into kandahar and other or or -- herot to connect now across railroad into afghanistan north and south so we can really rebuild afghanistan as a cross roads or a land of trade. that's key. internally, improving access to capital in afghanistan by providing some political incentives in terms of political risk insurance, making credit more available for international companies in afghanistan, allowing some afghan companies to have access to as easier credit, that's -- these are the key issues that could help afghanistan on the economic front. but more importantly, a clear message about the future of afghanistan that will give the investors and everyone else a sense of c
such as japan experienced has ranged in terms of lessons learned just beyond the energy sector and the nuclear industry to many other areas that could experience similar events. >> okay. and going in -- to the effect on auto industry, are there things that have changed in terms of resilience with the auto industry, in terms of the supply chain or things that changed since fiewk fukushima? >> yes, i think there's a tremendous change take place. i think we have probably about 400 tier one suppliers. anything beyond the tier two down to event tier five, we didn't have not have any -- [inaudible] and we assume that supply chain shape like pyramids and suppliers take care of several tier two, three, and four. what we found in the case especially the semiconductor companies. it's almost like a spindle shape, and we are very surprised, and therefore, we have to make a -- supply chain even down to a tier five. so this work has immediately start. and what we have found is that there are about 2,000 critical parts where there's on one single suppliers or one special use. and therefore, there's no -- lik
is take that energy and focus on getting prepared to run a presidential election at some point, whether that is in a month or two months or six months. the need to be ready to go. of really glad that you brought into the conversation those points because russell has also talk to high touched on that and chris is a political expert that has done a lot of things about venice rose specifically. you can't beat something with nothing. and so the opposition may have problems with the way things a going forward, what is the realistic alternative that they have in the current environment and to the extent that they really want to contest this, what can they do to move forward? >> first let me echo what charles said. it is somewhat intimidating to be in a room with you in knowing follow this will more than i do. i will quote someone who knows venezuela as well as i do, 8-year-old son. oddly, as i have been called at all hours of the day and night, checking my e-mail and my computer constantly, very obsessed with the health of chavez. the other date he says to hell is that president in the way? w
event such as japan experienced has ranged in terms of lessons learned just beyond the energy sector and the nuclear industry to many other areas that could experienced similar events. >> a que. mr. inaba, going back to the effect on the auto industry, are there any changes in return of the resiliency of supply chain or things that have changed since fukushima? >> yes. i think there is a tremendous change taking place. i think we have probably about 400 tier one suppliers but anything beyond that, tier two even down to tier 5, we assume that the supply chain is like a sheep of pyramids and the tier one suppliers take share of the two, three and four out what we found in this case especially the same conductor company it is almost like a spindle, and therefore we have to make an infestation of all of the supply chains all the way down to tier five, so this work has started and what we found is there are about 2,000 critical parts where there is only one single supplier or juan special material for use and therefore there is no replace a devotee on stuff like that. so from then onward
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